Top attractions in Oxford
The name alone exudes a scholarly atmosphere, with nearly 40 different colleges and their hallowed halls of learning. However, there's more to "Gown Town," and you'll find a city that brims with history and science, and traditional English culture.
Commonly known as the Bod, the university's famous library contains 9 million books, making it Britain's second largest. The earliest collection dates to the 13th century.
Connected to the Bod by an underground passageway, this striking structure, with its circular design from 1749, is the reading room of the library. Go on a guided tour to see it.
Established in 1621 by the university's faculty of medicine, Britain's oldest botanical garden boasts 7,000 various species of plants, and its glasshouses are 300 years old.
Walk among dinosaurs in the gallery under an industrial interior of glass and iron. After visiting, go to the Pitt Rivers Museum in the adjacent building with its bevy of artifacts.
The ensemble of 18,000 objects includes scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The chalkboard Einstein used in a lecture at Oxford is also on display.
Once a place for lectures and ceremonies, the tallest structure on the High Street was the first of this center of academics. Climb the 124 steps to the top for amazing views.
A reminder of the former, 13th-century St. Martin Church that once stood here, this belfry, with a clock that chimes every 15 minutes, marks the geographical heart of the city.
Students, academics, and those who love books have been flocking to this historic shop since opening on Broad St. in 1879. Whatever the subject, you'll find a book about it here.
Built in 1897, this former library and police station is the seat of the local government and also houses the Museum of Oxford, covering the history of the city and university.
To experience this popular summer outing, rent a flat-bottomed boat and push yourself down the River Cherwell. You can rent one at the Magdalen Bridge or Cherwell Boathouse.
You can spend a full three days visiting the main attractions in the city center, but why not add a couple more to explore its different neighborhoods, such as trendy Jericho or East Oxford and soak up that English culture?
Exploring the city on foot is the best way to take in the sights and sounds, especially during rush hour times. There are two bus companies which are Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. A day pass, which is valid when traveling with either one, costs 4£, and you can buy it directly from the driver.
There are hotels in the bustling center itself, and you'll have everything at your fingertips. You'll also find accommodation just beyond the center, with easy access to go on a sightseeing expedition.
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- Oxford is great for a visit year-round, and with so many different festivals on offer throughout the year, it's best to plan your trip according to what you most want to do.
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Booked an 11am Sunday tour of Oxford. Recieved a telephone shortly after our booking to inform us that due to covid the tour did not currently include the scheduled visits inside the buildings. Whilst we had established this before booking, the phone call was appreciated and confirmed our expectations. It was a little disappointing we could not visit inside the buildings as part of the tour but it was absolutely worth booking. The walking was manageable and we felt that our visit to Oxford was a must richer experience because of the tour. Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting Oxford - excellent, even held the attention of our teenager.
Trevor was a fantastic and engaging guide with lots of historical knowledge. He made it really interesting and funny and my teenage boys both really found it interesting. Very clear, friendly and interactive and mindful of both the students around and people on the tour. Trevor took the time to answer questions and shed light on life at the university.. He gave lots of good recommendations to go after the tour and places to eat too. Very good value - our whole family really enjoyed it
Fantastic tour! We are very happy and for family with kids we strongly suggest it! Well worth the money. Our guide, Peter was walking us through the history of Oxford using very friendly manner and always able to trigger the kids attention with questions and quiz about HP. The experience was great!
Mark was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and so friendly. East to approach and ask questions. Thanks for a great tour, thoroughly recommended.
Thanks to our tour guide Mark it was a fantastic experience, very knowledgeable professional. Nice weather also helped :)